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Student Life in Malaysia

Malaysia offers a great environment for Indian students to study. Read this article and prepare to live in Malaysia.

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Accommodation costs are relatively cheaper away from the city. Malaysia has a well-managed public transport system that ensures you have connectivity to your institution.

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Malaysia - Truly Asia!

What images does your mind conjure when you hear the word 'Malaysia'? Beaches and bluish-green oceans, high-rise buildings of concrete, steel and glass, beautiful women in traditional Malaysian attire dancing to the tunes of ancient instruments that  are still very much in use; the list can go on and on! 
Over the past decade Malaysia has evolved from a honey-mooners tourist destination to a promising avenue for students wishing to pursue affordable high-quality university-level education. Efforts taken by the Malaysian government to make Malaysia a hub for higher-education in the Asia-Pacific region are bearing fruit as the number of international students choosing Malaysia is steadily increasing.
From an Indian student's perspective Malaysia is a great option because:
  • Medium of instruction is in English
  • Kuala Lumpur is connected to most major Indian cities by regular flights
  • Travelling to and from KL is much cheaper and quicker than travelling to the USA or the UK
  • Ample scholarships for international students
  • Proximity to Singapore, Thailand and other tourist destinations
  • Weather is very similar to India's tropical climate
  • Strong Indian community
  • Less expensive when compared to Singapore or Australia
  • Many Australian institutions have satellite study centres in Malaysia


Quick Facts:

Capital - Kuala Lumpur
Religion - Pre-dominantly Islamic country
Currency - Malaysian Ringgit - 1 Ringgit is roughly equivalent to INR 18
Government - Constitutional Monarchy
Weather - Tropical climate

Malaysian Top-10

Malaysia has a number of institutions that offer top-class courses in a wide variety of subjects. The top-ranking institutions are listed below for your reference:
  1. UM Universiti Malaya
  2. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  3. Universiti Sains Malaysia
  4. Universiti Putra Malaysia
  5. International Islamic University Malaysia
  6. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  7. Multimedia University
  8. Universiti Teknologi MARA
  9. Universiti Teknologi Petronas
  10. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
Here are Malaysia's best, a comprehensive view of the institutions listed above!

Life in Malaysia:

As an Indian student in Malaysia; you will not feel out-of-place; because Malaysian culture is very similar to Indian traditions. People respect others and expect to be treated with respect as well. A pre-dominantly Muslim country the women are dressed in traditional Islamic dresses and cover their head with a scarf. Public display of affection, speaking loudly or spitting in public are considered impolite and may attract a monetary penalty. 
Malaysia is a food-lover's delight as the cuisine is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Burmese and traditional Malay styles. There are a number of small home-style restaurants that offer tasty and nutritious food at extremely affordable prices.  
Accommodation costs are relatively cheaper away from the city; a well-run public transport system ensures that you have connectivity to your institution. Students can choose from on-campus accommodation in student halls and serviced apartments or choose to rent a flat away from campus or live in a student-hostel. If you wish to stay off-campus; ensure that you don’t have to travel for more than an hour to reach your institution. Students can save money by opting for a student-rail pass; which offers travel at a discounted rate.
KL is a shopper's dream come true and offers amazing products at great prices with regular discount sales all through the year. Malaysia's location allows it to be a point of transit for people wishing to travel to Singapore, Thailand and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. 
Adventure-lovers can go scuba-diving, sea-surfing or opt for a trek in the hills. The Malaysian Grand Prix is an event that motor-sport lovers will enjoy. There are local clubs, which take part in football tournaments; there are a number of extreme sport events as well; sports on offer include - dirt-biking; endurance pentathlon, sky-diving and para-sailing.
Malaysia has its fair share of museums, art galleries and zoos; so if you wish to explore the fine arts and its joys; you will find something for sure! Sunday markets on the outskirts of KL usually have farmers sell fresh vegetables, fruits and dairy products. You might want to savour the market-experience!

Work Options:

Selected part-time jobs are available; wages will be average but it is useful for those who wish to gain experience and make some extra money!
In essence, Malaysia is an ideal option for high-quality affordable higher education; in an environment that is closest to the Indian way of life! All the best with your applications!

Embassy Information

Bangladesh High Commission, Kuala Lumpur
Block 1, Lorong Damai 7
Jalan Damai, 55000 Kuala Lumpur
City: Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +60321487940,
Fax: +60321413381
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
High Commission of India in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
No. 2, Jalan Taman Duta
Off Jalan Duta
City: Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-2093 3504 / 2093 3509 03-2093 3510
Fax: 03-2093 3507/2092 5826
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Embassy of Nepal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Suite 13A.01,
13th A Floor Wisma MCA,
163 Jalan Ampang
City: Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603-2164 9653 / 603-2164 5934
Fax: 603-2164 8659
Nepalese Consulate in Selangor, Malaysia
Honorary Consulate General of Nepal in Selangor, Malaysia
No. 115 Jalan Templer
46050 Petaling Joya
City: Selangor
Phone: 60-3-75-714 90 / 603-754 8033
Fax: 60-3-754-8033
Sri Lanka
High Commission of Sri Lanka
12 Jalan Keranji Dua, Off Jalan Kedondong, Ampang Hilir, 55000 Kuala Lumpur,
City: Kuala Lumpur
Phone: (+60-3) 4510000/9
Fax: (+60-3) 4513850
Office Hours: The Consular Section from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm on business days (Weekends and holidays declared by the High Commission are not working days.)

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